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He's been principal at Sisler High School for 38 years—and now Dr. George Heshka's name will span even more generations as a local landmark.
Dr. Heshka's name will grace the former Burrows-King Edward Park; the greenspace was rechristened as George Heshka Park in a ceremony on June 25.
Councillor Mike Pagtakhan put forth the motion to rename the park in the long-running principal's honour, as a way of recognizing Dr. Heshka's contributions at Sisler and to Winnipeg's North End and Inner City.
"George Heshka devoted his life's teachings to two causes: social activism and education; and is known as Mr. Inner City because of his tireless work on behalf of Winnipeg's poorest and most vulnerable citizens," Mr. Pagtakhan said in his motion.
At 1,900 students, Sisler High School is Manitoba's largest school. Dr. Heshka played a vital role in the school being named one of Canada's ten best schools by Maclean's Magazine.
The principal was also recently profiled in Ukrainian Winnipeg Magazine; you can read the article here.
Dr. Heshka's latest honour marks a hat-trick of sorts for WSD staff. Meadows West School Principal Roger Le Grand and former Sisler Spartans head coach Rick Hudson also had Winnipeg parks named after them during the 2017-18 school year.